Just like the T20I series earlier this year, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav made their first ODI cricket together in the first match of three matches against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
And it was an unforgettable debut for the duo, especially Kishan, who broke and created several records over the course of the match.
Ishan became just the second Indian to make his ODI debut on his birthday. The left-hander celebrates his 21st birthday on July 21st.
And he celebrates the special day to this day when he crushed a whirlwind 42-ball 59 during the Indian run of 263.
Ishan announced himself to the cricket world with a contemptuous six-over attack on the first delivery he faced.
And by doing so, the Jharkhand leader became the first Indian cricketer to smash a six of the very first ball of his ODI career. Kishan smashed a four of the very first ball of his T20I career earlier this year.
My dream comes true and there is no better feeling. Wearing the India blue is such an honor. Thank you to everyone for your wishes and support. The goal is to continue the hard work and give everything in my country 🇮🇳💙😍 pic.twitter.com/YzjWtSjnT2
– Ishan Kishan (@ ishankishan51) 18 July 2021
He doesn’t just stop there. The left-hander crushed the Sri Lankan bowlers to all corners of Premadasa Stadium to reach the second fastest fifty with a seizure on ODI debut.
And by doing so, Kishan becomes just the second Indian to score a 50 in his first innings of ODIs and T20Is, having scored half a century against England earlier this year.
He also became the first Indian team to score a 50 on the ODI and T20I debuts.
Surya Kumar Yadav, on the other hand, once again showed off his superior fighting game in his debut ODI outing to the stand, when he set up an unbeaten 21-ball 30 that includes three daring consecutive boundaries from Wanindu Hasaranga.
Patience. Persistence. Hardwerk.💯
A feeling comparable to no ♥ ️🇮🇳
What a compelling victory today💪🏽
– Surya Kumar Yadav (@ surya_14kumar) 18 July 2021
With his official Twitter account, Hardik Pandya writes:
“What a start to your ODI career Ishu baby 🔥 This is one way to celebrate your birthday @ ishankishan51 🎂 Special mention to @ surya_14kumar – class as usual👏”
– hardik pandya (@ hardikpandya7) 19 July 2021